Shirley Temple Cupcakes

During my sister-in-laws second pregnancy her drink of choice was Shirley temples. Sweet, cherry, good summer flavor. Such a refreshing drink so it would make a perfect cupcake. We were going to Maryland to visit our godson and wanted to bring a treat with us.

First of all. I never thought maraschino cherry juice could be used in anything other than keeping those sweet not so typical cherries “fresh.”  I never thought to add them to a batter or drink for that matter but this worked wonders. It gave the batter a nice pink color that represented the drink and that telltale cherry taste you look for in the drink. And no one can say no to Cherry 7up. It’s that soda you don’t drink all the time but thoroughly enjoy when the situation presents itself. I am always a little weary of soda in cupcakes after my less than pleasant looking root beer float cupcakes but I am always willing to try. This attempt definitely paid off!  Refreshing cherry flavor with and airiness unlike any other. And such a fun color!

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Rootbeer Float Cupcakes

I am going to start this blog post off with, I was not thrilled at the way these cupcakes looked, but the taste was pretty good.  I am not a fan of soda, but when I do indulge, I like rootbeer to quench my thirst.  My fiance and I were going up to Stratton Mountain in Vermont to watch the US Open snowboarding competition with Brendan’s brother and his girlfriend.  I decided since they were being so kind as to let us stay with them, I would bring them a treat.  That is when I found the recipe for rootbeer float cupcakes on The Cupcake Project!  (Please note: this was also because I needed to use up some of the BJ’s sized case of rootbeer that Brendan compulsively bought-so I was on a mission to find a cupcake with rootbeer in it!)  I used the cupcake base recipe from The Cupcake Project, and the vanilla bean buttercream from Brown Eyed Baker.

I wish I had cooked these cupcakes longer, as I don’t think they would have fallen apart as easily, yet would still have retained the moisture.  I have yet to try another cupcake with a soda base, but I hopefully will soon because there are so many yummy recipes out there!

I made some friends with these cupcakes, and left some for our lovely hosts.  Though I am not a frosting fan, this was possibly my favorite part because of the flecks of vanilla bean in the frosting. :)